History of Art


Materials and Technology Route in BA History of Art

The History of Art, Materials and Technology route within our standard BA History of Art programme provides a unique focus on works of art as physical objects, combining knowledge of art history with questions of materiality and technology. 

From 2023/24, you will be able to follow this new route which will develop your knowledge and understanding of works of art as physical objects. In addition to the comprehensive skills in art history you will learn from the standard modules, you will also gain a thorough understanding of artists’ techniques, methods of making art, and questions of materiality and technology, both at the time the work of art was made, and subsequently as it ages and changes.

As well as making use of London’s extensive public collections, libraries, museums and architecture, the degree route draws on the resources of the History of Art Department’s Material Studies Laboratory and media reference collection. In doing so it stimulates intellectual and personal development, and equips students to carry out projects individually and collectively, to communicate effectively and to pursue academic research or take up responsible positions in a wide variety of job contexts. More broadly, it develops understanding of the value of intellectual reflection and of a critical understanding of cultural production.

Teaching in History of Art, Materials and Technology route reflects the tutors’ specialisms and ranges across the application of science and analytic techniques in the arts, understanding technologies of vision, the materiality of contemporary art, themes related to film, video and installation, the material lives of performances, digital art, oral histories, and the history, theory and philosophy of conservation.

Our BA route in History of Art, Materials and Technology includes a variety of courses designed specifically for this degree route, such as Introduction to Art and Science, Introduction to Media and Technologies, Methods and Materials of Artists, Methodologies of Making and Art/Work/Space—a work placement module offering the students a possibility to gain work experience in London institutions. In addition to these specialised modules, students may take a selection of other art history modules taught in the Department. Students interested in following this route should apply to the BA History of Art programme in the first instance.

About the Materials and Technology Route

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